Rose, what did you end up doing with the velvet and grommets? I've never sewn real velvet before, but I understand it's rather difficult to work with (and to iron -- you're supposed to iron it from the underside).
Stormcrow, sewing based on a 14th century manuscript has got to be a challenge! I can't even sew with a vintage pattern... all those little dots and no lines.
I finished my latest cosplay and am knitting a shawl/scarf right now. I've got a number of things on my mending pile, but that's just not as much fun!